Old Tampa Book Company (and Ybor City!)

The Old Tampa Book Company was having a sale, and we weren’t about to miss it!

My husband Ron in front of Old Tampa Book Company

My husband Ron in front of Old Tampa Book Company

Located at 507 N. Tampa Street in the heart of downtown Tampa, it is a wonderful, classic used & rare book store, stocking around 40,000 volumes.

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We found a spot to park in a lot right across the street, and went inside.

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It was quickly evident that this was our kind of place!  Lots of beautiful vintage books in excellent condition…

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We were in heaven here while searching the shelves…they have so many interesting items, both fiction and non-fiction, and a wide variety of subject matter.

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Old Tampa Book Company was created by David Brown and has been loved, owned and run by him and his wife Ellen for over two decades. It has been a sanctuary for book lovers.  Recently, David and Ellen have decided to retire and have passed the torch to new owner Carrie Carnes.
Carrie Carnes, new owner of Old Tampa Book Company

Carrie Carnes, new owner of Old Tampa Book Company

  Carrie has worked in the book store for the Brown’s for the past five years, so she knows what makes this store special!  Read the delightful story of this ownership transition HERE.  Carrie and her husband, Matt Saxon, are already immersed in running their new business.  We found them both to be friendly, fun booksellers, so be sure to visit them if you get to Tampa!
Here are some of the beautiful books we purchased at Old Tampa Book Company:
African Camp Fires, by Stewart Edward White (Doubleday Page & Co., 1913, 1st Edition)  SOLD

African Camp Fires, by Stewart Edward White (Doubleday Page & Co., 1913, 1st Edition) SOLD

Evelyn Innes, by George Moore (D. Appleton, 1898, 1st Edition)

Evelyn Innes, by George Moore (D. Appleton, 1898, 1st Edition) signed binding – CboxC

In Old New York, by Thomas A. Janvier (Harper & Brothers, NY, 1894 - first edition)

In Old New York, by Thomas A. Janvier (Harper & Brothers, NY, 1894 – first edition)

The Farmer His Own Builder, by H. Armstrong Roberts (David McKay, 1918, First Edition)

The Farmer His Own Builder, by H. Armstrong Roberts (David McKay, 1918, First Edition)

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The Compleat Angler, by Izaak Walton (David McKay, 1931, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

The Compleat Angler, by Izaak Walton (David McKay, 1931, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

We had a splendid time there, and were impressed with the store’s inventory.

After hours of book shopping, we were hungry.  I’m so glad Carrie recommended that we go over to Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter and National Historic Landmark District.   We had a splendid time there!

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Entering Ybor City

20150425_165617_resizedLots of old world charm in Ybor City, and a great place to walk around, eat, shop, listen to music…and buy cigars!!

cigar rollers at work inside Hav-A-Taba (Ybor City, Florida)

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20150425_171305_resizedNow I was starving — so after walking several blocks and taking in the sights, we popped into Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant for a meal.

This was a fun place to relax – with a nice open courtyard, live music, and good food!
Food -- at last!

Food — at last!

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In Ybor City, even the chickens dance in the street…

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In my next post, we’ll do a little book scouting on the East coast of Florida.  I’ll be back soon…

 

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  1. C&D I got beat out on the African coover! Drat, Minsky strikes again. It is all my fault cause I sent him an African American cover a week ago and suggested he do a collection of African-American Themed covers to go with his NA themes cover collection.!!! 😦 Now you got to find me one too.

    I will however buy the Evelyn Innes cover if it ain’t too exorbitant!. BTW, send the paypal invoice for the other two.

    Love that bookshop in Tampa. I had to save the pics, so cool. Found an easy way to do it. BtW, when I look at pics on your site a larger version flashes for an instant and disappears.?? There seems to be no way to click to view enlarged version. Pixels are there to make out monograms but they are shy?

    Making room on shelves for your books, I found a 1950’s or late 1940’s repro of Matisse’s Jazz printed in Germany and pub. by the NY MOMA. Fine shape. It would be reasonable for sure.

    Blog on! Great trip. J

    • Hi John,
      Minsky didn’t beat you to it this time…it was Lynn Stanley, a collector from Ohio who paid us a personal visit about a week after our return and combed through our stuff. She has an eye. I think the African cover idea is a good one!!
      Will contact you in separate e-mail about the Evelyn Innes.
      – Cathy

  2. Hi Cathy and Ron!
    I just love you guys and your posts and pictures of your book scouting adventures, beautiful book finds, and fun places you always find along the way!
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Laura

    • Hi Laura!
      Great to hear from you! Let me know when you are going to be in town again. Would love to see you —
      Cathy


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